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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Hunter Pence hits a bizarre, uncontested inside-the-park home run at Fenway

Tuesday night’s game between the Red Sox and Rangers at Fenway Park was basically a clinic in weird baseball. It saw a starter need more than 70 pitches to get through three innings. It saw both managers get ejected. It saw an inside-the-park home run, and a pretty bizarre one at that.

Taps Posted: June 13, 2019 at 05:57 AM | 35 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: June 13, 2019 at 08:21 AM (#5851317)
It seems appropriate that a "bizarre" inside-the-park home run would be hit by Hunter Pence.
   2. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: June 13, 2019 at 08:41 AM (#5851320)
Has Pence ever done anything on a baseball field that wasn't in some way bizarre?
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: June 13, 2019 at 09:41 AM (#5851339)

Has Pence ever done anything on a baseball field that wasn't in some way bizarre?


Nothing will ever match his three-touch groundball against the Cards in the NLCS.
   4. Accent Shallow made the Amazon much wider Posted: June 13, 2019 at 10:58 AM (#5851384)
Not a good week for Brock Holt, huh?
   5. SoSH U at work Posted: June 13, 2019 at 11:12 AM (#5851394)

Not a good week for Brock Holt, huh?


That was atrocious.
   6. John DiFool2 Posted: June 13, 2019 at 11:38 AM (#5851401)
I noticed in one angle that JBJ never moved a single solitary inch. Was he still standing like a statue in center even after the ball bounced away?

I mean, this is the RF in corner at Fenway, which has seen numerous weird bounces over the years. Yet he couldn't be arsed to back up the ####### play?
   7. PreservedFish Posted: June 13, 2019 at 11:43 AM (#5851402)
I think that was Mookie in CF.
   8. SoSH U at work Posted: June 13, 2019 at 11:45 AM (#5851405)

I think that was Mookie in CF.


It was Mookie.
   9. Itchy Row Posted: June 13, 2019 at 11:59 AM (#5851412)
Now that everybody walks, strikes out, or hits a regular home run, Betts and Holt weren't sure what to do on a ball in play.
   10. Greg Pope Posted: June 13, 2019 at 12:07 PM (#5851414)
Has there been any explanation as to why Holt just laid there on the wall?
   11. SoSH U at work Posted: June 13, 2019 at 12:13 PM (#5851418)

Has there been any explanation as to why Holt just laid there on the wall?



I thought it went over the fence. So it was one of those things where I’ve kind of got to know where the ball is. The ball was slicing away from me, and when I ended up two rows deep in the stands I figured, or I assumed that it had gone out. I had no idea that it was still in play. So that’s kind of embarrassing on my part. So I’ve got to do a better job of paying more attention, and yeah that one was on me. I don’t know if I would have been able to keep Hunter to a triple there or what, but I’ve got to go get that ball and get it in.
   12. PreservedFish Posted: June 13, 2019 at 12:19 PM (#5851421)
It's embarrassing, but I don't think even a good effort would've gotten Pence, not with the way the ball rolled.
   13. Mayor Blomberg Posted: June 13, 2019 at 01:07 PM (#5851439)
and when I ended up two rows deep in the stands


Someone needs to watch the replay and see what he actually did.
And someone else needs to ask Mookie WTF?
   14. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 13, 2019 at 02:10 PM (#5851480)
So it was one of those things where I’ve kind of got to know where the ball is.
Yeah, kind of.
   15. Karl from NY Posted: June 13, 2019 at 02:18 PM (#5851484)
The replay linked from the article never shows Mookie at all.

Holt laying on the wall is understandable, since even if the ball is in play, he should expect that the CF is on his way for backup and would get there before Holt could extricate himself. And if Mookie had, then nobody would have noticed what Holt was doing. Holt just didn't want to call out Mookie so he took the blame himself.

I guess the one possibly rational explanation for Mookie is that he was playing shallow and ended up in position for a relay throw instead?
   16. PreservedFish Posted: June 13, 2019 at 02:23 PM (#5851489)
Another rational explanation is that 99.99% of the time, he's not needed on a play like that.
   17. Nasty Nate Posted: June 13, 2019 at 02:32 PM (#5851493)
Holt laying on the wall is understandable, since even if the ball is in play, he should expect that the CF is on his way for backup and would get there before Holt could extricate himself.
No, if he knew the ball was in play it would have been overwhelmingly likely to be much easier for Holt to get it.
   18. Ithaca2323 Posted: June 13, 2019 at 02:38 PM (#5851497)
Another rational explanation is that 99.99% of the time, he's not needed on a play like that.


Yeah, I don't really see how this is on Betts.
   19. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: June 13, 2019 at 07:03 PM (#5851597)
I actually thought Holt was injured or got stuck somehow. To hear that he just laid on the wall for whatever reason is inexplicable. Surely the people in the crowd were yelling that the ball was loose, in play, and Pence was chugging around the bases.

Every time we've seen a guy go part way on a wall like that they just pop right up whether they have the ball or not and have a look around. It was a very odd play.


   20. vortex of dissipation Posted: June 13, 2019 at 07:13 PM (#5851599)
I actually thought Holt was injured or got stuck somehow. To hear that he just laid on the wall for whatever reason is inexplicable. Surely the people in the crowd were yelling that the ball was loose, in play, and Pence was chugging around the bases.

Every time we've seen a guy go part way on a wall like that they just pop right up whether they have the ball or not and have a look around. It was a very odd play.


At that angle, he may have impacted the wall using, um, a sensitive area, and needed a few seconds to recover.
   21. Walt Davis Posted: June 13, 2019 at 07:50 PM (#5851607)
The only comps brought to mind are both Cub moments (no surprise):

Ron Cey hit one to the well in left in Wrigley. OF went back on it, missed it, it kicked into the LF corner -- and the LF's feet were completely tangled up in the vines and he couldn't pull himself free. (Oops, b-r says it was to RF, you'll have to find video to check the rest of my memory ... box score

Andre Dawson hit a standard sinking liner to CF that Davey Martinez (then on the Expos) came racing in on and made a fine diving catch. Problem was he broke his leg. And in those days the rules stated that a caught fly ball wasn't an out until the OF removed it from the glove (or attempted to do so). For some strange reason, Martinez writhed in pain on the ground rather than remove the ball from his glove. So the Hawk, knowing the rule, kept running. Eventually the ball rolled free. Oddly enough, Martinez's teammates seemed more concerned about him than the ball. And the Hawk kept running. box score ... apparently the third IPHR of Hawk's career which is a solid number.
   22. Rennie's Tenet Posted: June 13, 2019 at 09:33 PM (#5851645)
It's similar to the ball that bounced off Nyjer Morgan's glove and fell to the warning track while Morgan thought it had gone over the fence.

I think Bud Harrelson's first career homer was looped down the right field line against the Pirates, and rolled under the bench in the bullpen. Al Luplow, in right for the Pirates, argued with the umpire about his fair call as Harrison circled the bases.
   23. bobm Posted: June 13, 2019 at 10:09 PM (#5851671)
Ron Cey hit one to the well in left in Wrigley. OF went back on it, missed it, it kicked into the LF corner -- and the LF's feet were completely tangled up in the vines and he couldn't pull himself free. (Oops, b-r says it was to RF, you'll have to find video to check the rest of my memory ... box score

The RF doesn't look so tangled up IMO.

Watch "September 1983 - Ron Cey Inside the Park Home Run" on YouTube
   24. vortex of dissipation Posted: June 13, 2019 at 10:54 PM (#5851709)
The RF doesn't look so tangled up IMO.


Dave Parker.
   25. Jose is an Absurd Time Cube Posted: June 13, 2019 at 11:09 PM (#5851726)
Was it me or did the second baseman take roughly forever to make that relay?
   26. Sunday silence Posted: June 13, 2019 at 11:29 PM (#5851759)
I have not yet seen this video but this recalls to mind one of the funniest moments Ive seen in Fenway, this was on tv, it was like game of the week or something:

The late Bill Buckner at the plate hits a FB to deep RF. Claudell Washington races back and falls over the wall into the stands. THe ball must have bounced into the field of plate, Im not sure, but Buckner hobbles all the way round for an inside the park HR. Buckner looked really funny the way he sort of waddled...
   27. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: June 13, 2019 at 11:37 PM (#5851768)
And the Hawk kept running. box score ... apparently the third IPHR of Hawk's career which is a solid number.


Through 1984, Willie Wilson had 17 HR, 13 of them IPHR, 5 in 1979.
   28. Jose is an Absurd Time Cube Posted: June 13, 2019 at 11:37 PM (#5851769)
That was the last home run of his career. I remember watching that game and all the fans were screaming and waving for someone to come help Claudell who whacked his head on the cement floor of the stands. Buckner took roughly an eternity to get around the bases.
   29. bobm Posted: June 13, 2019 at 11:59 PM (#5851817)
   30. DFA Posted: June 14, 2019 at 01:17 AM (#5851838)
23 - I much enjoyed Harry Carey's call on that one...
   31. Nasty Nate Posted: June 14, 2019 at 09:43 AM (#5851876)
Speaking of that corner, a ball last night took a strange bounce, hitting the top of the wall and bouncing straight up 30 feet.
   32. SoSH U at work Posted: June 14, 2019 at 09:47 AM (#5851882)

Speaking of that corner, a ball last night took a strange bounce, hitting the top of the wall and bouncing straight up 30 feet.



Off the bat, of course, of Hunter Pence.
   33. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: June 14, 2019 at 11:04 AM (#5851930)
I concur with a comment that I remember from a previous HP thread, baseball is better with Hunter Pence in it.
   34. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 14, 2019 at 01:58 PM (#5851999)
MLB outfielders are super lazy when it comes to backing up plays and I've always wondered why all the old red asses gave them a pass on it.
   35. Nasty Nate Posted: June 14, 2019 at 02:13 PM (#5852003)
  2. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: June 13, 2019 at 08:41 AM (#5851320)
Has Pence ever done anything on a baseball field that wasn't in some way bizarre?
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: June 13, 2019 at 09:41 AM (#5851339)

Has Pence ever done anything on a baseball field that wasn't in some way bizarre?


Nothing will ever match his three-touch groundball against the Cards in the NLCS.
He played CF as a rookie. Can I assume he had at least one bizarre interaction with Tal's Hill?

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